The companies and individuals honored by Mergers & Acquisitions’ 9th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards outpaced the competition, expanded their businesses and closed hundreds of deals, even as overall activity in the middle market declined in 2015. David Brackett and John Martin offer shining examples of those who thrived even in uncertain conditions. The co-CEOs spent 20 years nurturing Antares Capital to become the sector’s largest lender. When General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) announced it would divest a wide range of non-core assets, Antares quickly became a coveted acquisition target, attracting many well-heeled suitors. Brackett and Martin steered Antares through the process, continuing its prolific lending and accepting ultimately a $12 billion offer from Canada’s largest pension fund, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), awarding the pair Dealmakers of the Year. Congratulations to all the winners:
Deal of the Year: Amazon. The undisputed worldwide leader in cloud computing infrastructure, Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) began ramping up M&A in 2015 with the pivotal $500 million purchase of video technology company Elemental Technologies Inc.